NNBA 2019 Description – Speakers – Times – Topics – Hotel Information


National Nurses in Business Association
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This Conference is designed for nurses who are thinking about starting a business, those already in business, and those looking for career alternatives. Nationally acclaimed speakers and business experts will provide nurses with the information, tools and actionable take-a-ways you need to start your own nursing business—or to make your current business even more successful, as well as exposing you to a wealth of alternative career options. In addition, the six preconference workshops will give you in-depth, how–to information, resources, and dozens of tips whether you are a novice or a seasoned pro.

The many opportunities for you to network are one of the most valued highlights of this conference. At the Networking Luncheons you will meet new friends, make business contacts and share ideas in an informal, relaxed and fun setting.

Now, more than ever, there are unlimited opportunities in nursing to achieve autonomy and take the lead in reframing nurse’s role in the delivery of healthcare services and programs. Thousands of nurses nationwide have already accomplished this by starting their own business and are enjoying independence, professional respect, and increased financial rewards.

To assist you in creating the most customized experience, we have created 4 tracks.

  • B is for aspiring/beginner entrepreneurs
  • E is for experienced/advanced entrepreneurs
  • F is a focused/specialty topic
  • A applies to all levels of entrepreneurs

Register early to be assured of getting your desired selection because seating is limited. You have the option to change your mind and attend a different session on a space available basis. IMPORTANT: Once you are registered, you will receive a receipt via email. This email will contain a link to select and submit your concurrent breakout sessions.

Speakers – Times – Topics – Conference Agenda


Register Now Preconference Workshops – Friday, September 27, 2019
8:00am –  11:45am NNBA ConferenceHow to Create a Profitable Speaking and Retreat Business

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP®, FAAN

   8:00am – 11:45am NNBA ConferenceLaunching Your Nursing Education Business
Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN-BC, CSP®
   8:00am – 11:45am NNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceDigital Marketing for Nurse Entrepreneurs: Blogging, Social Media and Online Branding

Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN and Kati Kleber, MSN, RN, CCRN-K

   1:00pm – 4:45pm NNBA ConferenceThe Hidden Fortune in Home and Community Based Elder Care

Stella Nsong, RN, CMC, CDP, LTCP

   1:00pm –  4:00pm NNBA ConferenceCraft Your Elevator Pitch Blueprint & Marketing You

Michelle Podlesni, RN, CEO

   4:00pm –  4:45pm NNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceFREE Orientation session for first timers – How Did I Get Here & Now What Do I Do?

Pam Spivey, MSN, CCNS, RNC-NIC, ICF and Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN-BC, CSP®

   5:00pm –  6:30pm Meet and Greet Reception
Included and exclusive to NNBA registered conference attendees.
Register Now Main Conference Agenda – Saturday, September 28, 2019
   7:15am –  8:15am Registration – Visit Exhibits
   8:15am –  8:30am NNBA ConferenceWelcome
Michelle Podlesni, RN, President, National Nurses in Business Association, Unconventional Nurse®, CEO, Bloom Service Group, LLC.
   8:30am –  9:30am NNBA ConferenceKeynote Address:  The Entrepreneurial Nurse
Scharmaine Lawson, FNP, FAANP, FAAN
   9:30am – 10:00am Break – Book Signing, Visit with Exhibitors, and Networking
   10:15am –  11:15am NNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceConcurrent Breakout Session Track #1

  • 1B The Legal Side of Starting a Business and Keeping It Successful  – Melanie Balestra, JD, PNP, MN
  • 1F 10 Steps to Open and Monetize Your CNA School – Lakesha Reed Curtis, MSN, RN
  • 1A Business Lessons Learned in the Trenches: What Works and What Doesn’t Work – Michelle Podlesni, RN CEO
  • 1F Start Your Book, How to Master the Critical First Steps – Pat Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC
  11:15am – 11:30am Exhibitors Announcements
  11:30am –  1:00pm Networking Luncheon (Included in Registration Fee)
   1:00pm –  2:00pm NNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceConcurrent Breakout Session Track #2

  • 2F How to Create a Successful Nurse Coaching Business  – Pamela Spivey, MSN, CCNS, RNC-NIC, RN-BC, ICF Certified Professional Coach
  • 2F Starting a Medical Aesthetics Business from the Ground Up – Kathy Kramer, RN, CANS, CEO
  • 2B/E Building Your Email List and Converting It Into a Profitable Business – Julie Tupler, RN
  • 2F Becoming an Expert Witness Nurse – Turn Your Clinical Experience into a Side Job – Dawn Cook, RN,CNLCP, CLCP
   2:00pm –  2:15pm Stretch Break
   2:15pm –  3:15pm NNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceConcurrent Breakout Session Track #3

  • 3B Presence-Smart Exposure for High Impact  – Sharon Weinstein, MS, RN, CRNI-R, FACW, FAAN, CSP®
  • 3F Creating Killer Written Content for Your Nurse Run Business – Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC
  • 3E Marketing Strategies for Growing Your Business: Client Engagement and Client Retention – Stella Nsong, RN, CMC, LTCP
  • 3B Homecare Agency Startup: Survive and Thrive – Elais Ponton, BSN, RN
   3:15pm –  3:30pm Stretch Break
   3:30pm –  4:30pm NNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceConcurrent Breakout Session Track #4

  • 4A How to Market Your Business for FREE Using Social Media: Pearls and Pitfalls  – Wendy Pickett, RN, CEO
  • 4E Turn Your 60-minute Presentation Into a 6 Figure Business – Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CSP®
  • 4F Unleash Your Inner Nurse Educator – Sandra Cleveland, PhD, RN, CNE
  • 4B Building Your Brand Identity: From Idea to Reality! – Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN
   4:30pm –  5:00pm Visit with Exhibitors – Make Connections
   5:00pm –  NNBA ConferenceOn your own to enjoy Las Vegas nightlife
Registration pricing for the Main Conference (Saturday and Sunday) is priced at $389.00 for NNBA members and $489.00 for non-members.  Registration pricing begins on 6/11/2019 and continues until the conference or if the Conference becomes sold out.

Please note that speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing and that future circumstances, beyond the control of the NNBA, may necessitate substitutions or alterations.

Register Now Main Conference Agenda – Sunday, September 29, 2019
    7:30am –  8:30am Registration – Visit Exhibits
    8:30am –  9:00am Welcome Back – Michelle Podlesni, RN, CEO
   9:00am –  10:00am NNBA Conference
5th Annual NNBA 2019 Shark Tank Competition
  10:00am – 10:30am Break – Visit with Exhibitors, and Networking
  10:30am –  11:30am NNBA ConferenceFinding & Monetizing Your Niche
Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN- BC, CSP®
  11:30am – 11:45am NNBA Shark Tank Winner Announcements
   11:45am –  1:15pm Networking Luncheon, included in registration fee
   1:15pm –  2:15pm NNBA ConferenceRoadmap to a Six Figure Consulting Business
Cheryl Peltekis, RN, The Solutionist
   2:15pm –  3:15pm NNBA ConferenceHow to Get a Million Dollars in Free Publicity
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, FAAN, CSP®
   3:15pm –  3:45pm NNBA ConferenceMajor Announcements, Grand Prize Winner, Plans for Next Year’s 2020 Conference and Wrap-up
Michelle Podlesni, RN, President, National Nurses in Business Association, Unconventional Nurse®, CEO, Bloom Service Group, LLC.
Registration pricing for the Main Conference (Saturday and Sunday) is priced at $389.00 for NNBA members and $489.00 for non-members.  Registration pricing begins on 6/11/2019 and continues until the conference or if the Conference becomes sold out.

Please note that speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing and that future circumstances, beyond the control of the NNBA, may necessitate substitutions or alterations.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Deadline for receipt of cancellation is August 26, 2019. Cancellations are not accepted via phone, FAX or website. Requests must be made via email to admin@nnbanow.com. All cancellation requests must be received by email, before August 26, 2019 in order to receive a full refund, less $75.00 administrative processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after August 26, 2019 or for no-shows. Refunds will be processed AFTER the conference.

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Contact Hours

NNBA Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference is an educational and professional development event. Up to 14 eligible contact hours depending on your selections. Contact hours are provided by RT Connections, LLC. RT Connections is a provider approved by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP 16133.

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Hotel Information

NNBA ConferenceNNBA ConferenceFor 70 years, Flamingo Las Vegas has set the trend for Las Vegas style. This is where The Strip began, and though much has changed since then, the Flamingo’s vibrancy and allure remain. The Flamingo is an all-in-one casino and resort offering everything you could want. Located in the center of the strip and side doors open onto the excitement of the Promenade with a shopping and entertainment district featuring a 550-foot observation wheel called the High Roller.NNBA Conference

Multiple world famous eateries, including Center Cut, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, In-N-Out, Gordon Ramsay’s Pub, Sprinkles Cupcakes and more within steps to Caesar’s Palace with Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen, Pronto By Giada, and Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Restaurant.

Relaxation and Reflection

NNBA ConferenceOne of the most wonderful things NNBA Conferenceabout the Flamingo Hotel is the property allows for quiet from the busyness of the strip. Touted as one of the most unique and beloved attractions in Las Vegas, Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat is a serene paradise. All animals are carefully maintained. The species frolic on islands and streams surrounded by sparkling waterfalls and foliage. Spot hummingbirds zipping to their feeders, snap a few pictures of signature flamingos and watch the water animals at feeding time.

Tropical Paradise

NNBA ConferenceThe Beach Club offers Las Vegas pool guests a relaxing environment for all to enjoy while soaking up the sun and the lush Flamingo Las Vegas Habitat. It is conveniently located next to the Beach Club Café, which serves tasty snacks and deliciously cooling drinks, with easy access to the water slides.

About the Flamingo Spa and Fitness Center

NNBA ConferenceFlamingo’s fitness center has everything you need. If you are a hotel guest (18 or older), the fitness center is complimentary for two guests per room per day. The fitness center includes a variety of free weights, advanced cardio equipment, and strength training machines for full body training.

The spa at Flamingo offers an array of serene treatments, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center. Located on the hotel’s lobby level, the tranquil spa provides a much-needed relaxation from the Strip’s hustle-and-bustle. Melt away your stress with a variety of treatments intended to pamper your body from head to toe.

Check out the best in Las Vegas Entertainment

NNBA ConferenceLas Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and located in the Flamingo Theater are superstar siblings Donny and Marie Osmond. The brother-sister duo has been performing their stage spectacular, Donny & Marie, since 2008.
Chronicling five decades in a 90-minute show, Donny gets a little rock ‘n’ roll and then Marie goes country in “These Boots Were Made For Walking.” “Dancing With the Stars” season nine champion Donny delivers a commanding performance, featuring hits from his solo career and an updated hip hop rendition of The Osmond Brother’s classic “Yo-Yo” complete with innovative choreography. With a supreme band, sparkling costumes and plenty of high-energy dance numbers, this Strip production show is the only place to see these megastars belt out their popular hits old and new.

Flamingo Hotel Rooms Special Savings Rate

The Flamingo Las Vegas offers everything from newly-renovated rooms, classic entertainment and a lush, tropical pool to a prime center-Strip NNBA Conferencelocation. You can easily make your reservations online by using this unique web link for the NNBA. https://book.passkey.com/go/SFNNB9

NNBA ConferenceAll newly renovated rooms have been blocked at discounted rates of:

  • $79.00 Thursday night
  • $149.00 Friday night
  • $149.00 Saturday night
  • $79.00 Sunday night

If you prefer to phone in your reservations, call (888) 373-9855. There is a processing fee for phoned in reservations so we highly recommend you use the web link for your reservations, https://book.passkey.com/go/SFNNB9. Our group is listed as 2019 National Nurses in Business Association National Conference.

Rooms book quickly – make your reservations early! Discounted NNBA block cutoff date is September 12, 2019.

Meet our Sponsors

Along with the NNBA, these Companies helped sponsor NNBA 2019 Nurse Entrepreneurship and Career Alternatives Conference.

Aesthetic Training For Medical Professionals

Operate Your Own Residential Assisted Living Home

CBD Oil for Health ~ Anti-aging ~ Nutrition ~ Pets

Make an Impression

Be empowered by surrounding yourself with savvy nurse business owners with diverse backgrounds, passions and pursuits. Have candid conversations, provocative thinking, innovative business ideas and how-to-solutions. This committed group of nurses will have you energized and empowered to build a thriving business. Have your challenges, concerns and questions addressed in this one-of-a-kind event. You will receive practical advice, feasible solutions and ideas on how to launch and grow your business from successful nurse business owners; from the stage, in smaller breakouts, group coaching sessions and networking. Nurses that have attended our past conferences often say that this conference is the most transformative and valuable conference they’ve ever attended. I think you’ll agree and I look forward to seeing you in September!

Michelle Podlesni, RN

President National Nurses in Business Association

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